BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 A.M.) – Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two of their oil tankers were ‘sabatoged’ in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) territorial waters, causing significant damage to the vessels.
Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister, Khaled Al-Falih, confirmed that the oil tankers suffered “significant damage”, but he did not elaborate on who the kingdom is holding responsible for this alleged attack.
The explosions reportedly took place at 6:00 A.M. (local time) on Sunday. Al-Falih said this morning.
“One of the two vessels was on its way to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States,” al-Falih said.
“Fortunately, the attack didn’t lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels,” he added.
On Sunday, Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV reported that the explosions took place shortly after U.S. and French warplanes flew past the Emirati coast.
UAE officials have denied any such incident occurred, but they did say that the explosions were a result of a ‘sabatoge’ operation.
No group or nation has claimed responsibility for these explosions.